Worship: Every Sunday at 11am
March 26, 2017 “The Voice of the People”
UUSC “Justice Sunday” First Church “Stewardship Sunday”
Oscar Romero and Cesar Chavez, who we will celebrate today, both found themselves at a time when the people needed a leader, when the community needed to speak with one voice.
April 2, 2017 “Just Kids: Adolescent Experience and Juvenile Justice: Remember When You Were a Teenager?”
Angie Mason, preaching with Hans Selvog, Worship Associate
Chalice Choir singing under the direction of Francisco Ruiz
Adolescent experiences are the foundation for adult lives. Our first kiss, job, and crazy over night with friends are important stepping stones to separation and individuation. But what if our foundation is cracked by poverty, alcoholism, substance abuse, mental illness, or community violence? What risk and protective factors impact teens and the adults they become? We will explore how new research on adolescent brain development and recent California laws are informing our understanding of youth and impacting juvenile justice. This sermon will offer a broader perspective on delinquent kids and how we can support them. Angie Mason is a member of First Church.
April 9, 2017 “Bread and Roses”
Abigail Clauhs, preaching with Worship Associate: Rick Hoyt-McDaniels
In 1912, women’s labor union leader Rose Schneiderman said, “What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist…The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.” It became a chant and song of the labor movement, a call to thrive, not just survive. In the troubling times we face today, how do we share not just the bread of survival, but also the roses of life, as we work for justice? Abigail Clauhs is a member of First Church and a student minister studying at the Claremont School of Theology.
April 16, 2017 “What we talk about when we talk about Easter and Passover”
Jesus and Moses are the stars of the story. But the myths aren’t really about them, they are about us. What does this tell us about our relationship to the stories of the great men and women in our world today?
April 23, 2017 “Justice is a Many Splendid Thing””
Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey, preaching with Rick Hoyt-McDaniels, Worship Associate
The combined choirs of First Church, Studio City and Canoga Park
In the words of James Baldwin I find a vehicle for movement. He discerns that, “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” Join us as we look to the works of JUUstice-LA, our congregations, and ourselves as creators of the Beloved Community. Gordon Clay Bailey is the Lead Organizer of JUUstice-LA and the minister of the UU Church of the Verdugo Hills.
April 30, 2017 “Underground”
Prophetic men and women show us that making change takes work. Nature teaches us patience because making charge isn’t entirely up to us. How do we know when to work, and when to wait? And how do we stay involved?
May 7, 2017 “Flower Communion”
May 14, 2017 “My Hero”
Who inspires you? Who do you admire? The world is made a better place in small actions as well as large, in local places, and well as globally.
May 21, 2017 “First!”
Harvey Milk’s was the first openly gay politician elected to public office. Those who are “first” define the limits of the possible for the rest of us, but they also prove that what we thought was impossible never really was.
May 28, 2017 “Thomas Starr King”
Born in New England, with both Unitarian and Universalist connections, Starr King became famous as the pre civil war minister of the San Francisco Unitarian Church. His story is an example of the power of prophetic persons, and is maybe especially fitting for Memorial Day.
June 4, 2017 “Music Sunday”
June 11, 2017 “How Did We Do?”
Let’s end the year by celebrating what we accomplished.
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July 9, 2017 “On Being Hit by a Truck”
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